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Video Games Live Getting PBS Special

by Meagan Marie on Dec 17, 2009 at 03:55 AM

Video Games Live, the international concert event created by composers Tommy Tallarico and Jack Wall, will be getting a big boost in visibility as the focal point of a PBS special.

The special will capture an evening’s festivities during a performance on February 5, 2010, at the Lakefront Arena in New Orleans. The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra will be performing. Tickets for the live event go on sale tomorrow and the special will begin airing on an undisclosed date in June.

 “We believe the concept of introducing young audiences to an orchestra through the music of video games fits perfectly with PBS’s mission in a very new and creative way,” said PBS Vice-President of Programming Joe Campbell. “We are very optimistic that the program will be a big success!”

A DVD and Blu-Ray release of the special will become available in 2010, complete with bonus content including composer and developer interviews and behind-the-scenes footage.

“This is an incredible opportunity for us to reach an audience that normally may not be familiar with how far video games have come and how amazing the music can be,” said composer and CEO of Video Games Live, Tommy Tallarico. “It’s an honor for us to be a part of such a groundbreaking event with PBS and I’m really excited about the potential positive effects this will have on the entire game industry and its millions of fans.”

This isn’t the first special to air on PBS with a focus on video games. Back in September a two-hour special tiled “The Video Game Revolution” took a look at the history of video games, societal impact and future of the medium.

Anyone here been to a VGL concert in the past? Any New Orleans natives plan on attending the event?